Byron budget passed – with a warning
BYRON Shire Council has passed its budget but has warned that impacts from the federal and state budgets could hit hard and it may need to adjust its bottom line.
General rates are set to rise by 2.3% as per the limit set by IPART with 2014/15 budget resulting in a $16,850 surplus for the coming year plus an accumulated working surplus of $1.25 million.
Mayor Simon Richardson said the local roads and open spaces operating budget would be increased by $650,000.
Other Byron Shire Council rate increases for 2014/15 include water - fixed charges and consumption charges increased by 3.38% and 4.98% respectively; and sewer - fixed charges and usage charges increased by 2.97% and 0.58% respectively.